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Once Upon a Time . . . [May. 15th, 2005|09:36 pm]
So, my newest patient has a pretty profound lisp and he doesn't talk, period. Well, I was in the exam room with the kid and his parents and they're telling me about their son, really nice people by the way, they gave an incredibly complete overview of what's been going on. Anyway, one of the things that parents don't want to believe is that their child is probably most uncomfortable around them. So, I ask the parents if they could give me a bit of time to evaluate their son without them present. They agree, reticently, and go off to get some coffee.

I get out a handful of crayons and a huge piece of butcher paper. We sit down on the floor and start drawing. Now, I certainly wasn't expecting him to open up or anything. It's more about getting the child to feel comfortable with you, more concrete treatment comes later.

We're drawing a farm. Chickens, pigs, the works. And I decide to add a horse. We continue to work in silence on our respective animals when I feel a tug at my sleeve. I turn. The kid is pointing at my horse. Then he say in a surprisingly loud, surprisingly confident voice,

"Horses don't have five legs."

I look down. He's absolutely right. My creature has an extra appendage. Apparently my artistic skills are so terrible that even a child who is terrified of speaking feels obligated to alert me.

In the end it was a good thing. He spoke up, voiced his opinion and we bonded. But, I really should at least be able to get the number of legs on an animal correct. I mean, what kind of example am I setting?

Sorry about the long, rambling story but I do actually have a point.

. . . ummm . . . does anyone know of a good, local art class?

[User Picture]From: its_house
2005-05-16 05:02 am (UTC)
No. But you could try counting next time.
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[User Picture]From: parker_flynn
2005-05-16 06:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip.
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From: augustinian
2005-05-16 05:54 pm (UTC)
Community colleges usually have art classes, don't they? And the hours are probably cheaper.

Though perhaps you should continue to draw them with five legs. I mean, he spoke, didn't he? :)
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[User Picture]From: parker_flynn
2005-05-16 07:21 pm (UTC)
That's a great idea!

And yeah, I'd thought about that. It did seem to work. I just wish it had been on purpose.
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From: augustinian
2005-05-16 07:37 pm (UTC)
The trick, I believe, is to tell everyone it was on purpose. :D
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[User Picture]From: parker_flynn
2005-05-16 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oh . . . of course.
It's a brand new method.

The Flynn Technique:
Encourage communication through the misrepresentation of animal anatomy.
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From: augustinian
2005-05-16 07:50 pm (UTC)
...and other informal diagnostics screening tricks.
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